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Fall Is In the Air

In other parts of the country the weather is getting cooler and the leaves are changing color, but in Texas, we're lookin' up, 'cause Fall is definitely in the air!

I was visiting with a friend of mine the other day who is originally from Arkansas and now calls South Texas home. As we move into Fall, she commented that one of the things she misses most now that she lives in Texas is the changing of the seasons. For the life of me, I just couldn’t understand what she was talking about. Oh, don’t get me wrong, Texas has different seasons… and some days we have all four seasons on the same day! What we don’t have is the vibrant and radical changing of colors and consistent weather dips that other parts of the country experience and enjoy. I can certainly appreciate the amazing beauty that comes with the different seasons that other areas experience, but I just can’t seem to understand the excitement that goes with it. The first half of my life was spent in Southern California and the second half in South Texas, two places known for fairly consistent, year-round weather, so this whole “changing of the seasons” phenomenon has just never been part of my existence. Honestly, I just don’t get it.

Then, the other day, as I was looking at the weather report, I found myself getting giddy with excitement. A cold front was headed our way. I wasn’t excited about the cooler temps, although they would certainly be a welcome relief from the 90-degree days we’ve been having. I was excited about the potential arrival of millions of Texas Snowbirds and migrants. Cute and colorful warblers making their way through town on their way to South American (cause, really, who wouldn’t want to spend the winter lounging on the beaches of Costa Rica with a cool drink and beautiful view?). Whooping Cranes headed to their winter hangouts along the South Texas Coast. The ducks… oh, the ducks, floating peacefully in all their stunning beauty in lakes and ponds all over the state. Vireos, sparrows, kinglets, and a myriad of other species soon to be arriving in my neck of the woods as they escape the snows up north. SQUEAL!!!

Honestly, winter birding in Texas is just the best! And with each Artic blast that passes through this time of year, I’m finding myself looking towards the sky, feeling the air, and getting more and more excited about the changing seasons.

So, Minnesota, Vermont, and Arkansas, we might not enjoy the vibrant reds, oranges, and purples of fall, and Texas might be steady, and green… all the time. But we only get snow on the rare occasion, it’s not uncommon to be running around in shorts and flip flops in the middle of January, and even if our plants and weather don’t change with the seasons, our birds do, so all things considered, I think it’s a fair trade!

About the author

Cheryl Johnson

Cheryl Johnson

Cheryl Johnson has developed quite a following as a wildlife photographer working under the pseudonym “Backyard Bird Nerd.” Her photos have been featured in magazines, websites, and art galleries. As the owner of an advertising agency, writing has always been a part of her life and career. Her literary work has included producing text for websites, brochures, television and radio commercials, and a variety of magazines articles. Delving into the world of children's literature has been an exciting and challenging adventure, and pairing these books with her love of photography has proven to be the perfect outlet for her passions and talents. When not prowling around in nature looking for something to “fly” by her lens, she lives in South Texas with her husband, two daughters, and dog.

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